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Twin Lakes music teacher pleads not guilty

Mirror staff reports

Twin Lakes Elementary School music teacher Scott Riley pleaded not guilty to charges of inappropriate contact with an 11-year-old female student.

Riley entered his plea through a lawyer May 21 during his arraignment at the Regional Justice Center in Kent.

The 52-year-old teacher was charged May 11 with communications with a minor for immoral purposes, a misdemeanor sex crime. He was released later that night on $50,000 bail.

If Riley is convicted as charged, he faces up to one year in jail and $5,000 in fines.

Tyler Firkins, who is Riley's lawyer, told reporters the case will go to trial and that his client has been falsely accused. A trial date has not been set.

Riley was arrested May 9 at Twin Lakes after an 11-year-old girl alleged that he had inappropriately touched her several weeks earlier during band practice in the school music room.

The girl told police that Riley touched her buttocks, over her clothing, while she practiced a song. He squeezed several times, reports said.

The girl did not come forward with the information initially. Her mother read about the incident in the girl's journal and contacted police.

Riley faced accusations of inappropriate behavior with students at a previous job in Nevada. He also married a former student at Pahrump Valley High School, where he was an assistant principal. The student was 17 and Riley was 41 at the time they were intimate, court records show.

In Federal Way, Riley has faced former disciplinary actions for performance concerns, then for yelling at a student, in 2000. Witnesses reported that while Riley was yelling at the student, he was unconsciously adjusting his pants in the area of his crotch.

Riley, a district employee for nine years, will remain on paid administrative leave until the investigation is complete, said school district spokeswoman Diane Turner.

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